AfroTürks: those descended from slaves, concubines, and domestic workers brought to the Ottoman Empire are said to number up to 100,000 in present day Turkey, although exact figures remain unknown.
Living mostly in rural areas, and often still working the land around Izmir their ancestors were once forced to farm on the Aegean coastline of Turkey, AfroTürks have been building a renewed sense of identity and community for themselves over the past decade.
Discrimination and ignorance from wider society, which doesn't often know they exist, does play a role in the lives of many of these men and women, who are commonly referred to (even by each other) as Arap or Zenci (a racially derogatory term in Turkish).
Under the lead of the late Mustafa Olpak, the AfroTürk community have come together to form an association, unifying their voices to raise issues affecting them to wider society, and reviving old traditions and festivals that were banned during the Ottoman Empire, and the early years of the Turkish Republic.
This reportage focuses on several villages and communities in western Turkey, their daily lives, as well as significant events in the annual AfroTürk calendar.
This is an ongoing body of work...